What a whacky world we live in where rejecting increases in school budgets are called cuts and voters have control over school spending as long as they approve proposed budgets. Is it any wonder so few people bother to vote in these sham elections?
New Jersey is rare in giving control over school budgets — and thus property tax rates — directly to voters. When budgets are defeated, it's up to municipal governing bodies to decide whether to alter the spending plans. A local school board can appeal any cuts to the state Department of Education.
Who has control over school budgets and “thus property tax rates”? Clearly it isn’t the voters – it’s the state Department of Education. Rare indeed!